• Jesse Sloane deposited Pilgrimage in Confucianism as a Universal Religion under Mongol Rule on Humanities Commons 4 years, 4 months ago

    The county of Qufu 曲阜 in Shandong is revered as the ancient home of Confucius and site of his tomb and the central shrine where he has been venerated from the pre-Qin period to the present. The journey of Yang Huan 楊奐 (1186-1255) to Qufu in 1251, recorded in Yang’s “Journey to the East” (Dongyou ji 東遊記), demonstrates that Qufu already served as a pilgrimage destination by that point in Chinese history. At the same time, Yang’s observations in Qufu, in combination with other sources from the period, illustrate how Qufu had gained in ritual importance with the interruption in Confucian rituals at the imperial court in north China that resulted from the Mongol invasion.